CANEUS Moments

Overview sessions:
Overview Session 1
Overview Session 2

Overview Session 1

Session chair: Darius Nikanpour, CSA, Canada


Virendra Jha, CSA, Canada
Micro / Nano Technology for Aerospace Applications, Perspective of the Canadian Space Agency.

Milind Pimprikar, CLS3, Canada
CANEUS Overview - Background and Proposals for the Future

Jan Suski, Aerospace and Geophysics Club, NEXUS, Europe, Schlumberger RMS, France
Overview of Aerospace, Geophysics and Environmental Control

Gaëtan Menozzi, NEXUS, France
Dirk Beernaert, EU - DG INFSO
Overview of the European Program on MNT

Abstract :
This paper gives an overview of the European R&D programs on MNT from EU IST with the next plan in the upcoming 6th FWP Framework program, EURIMUS the strategic Eureka programs for the development of MEMS products and NEXUS the European network of Excellence for Microsystems.

Microsystems, micro and nano technologies are a very fast evolving area, pervasive in all industrial sectors with a high market potential. Within the concept of 'ambient intelligence' it brings the hardware building blocks for interaction between the IT systems and other products and the ambience. It will influence thoroughly the way we live, think, work offering increased automation, increased performances in most human-equipment, equipment-equipment and equipment-ambient interactions. Europe has an excellent research competence and the required system knowledge to capture a good part of this market.

However, to reach this objective Europe needs within the multi-disciplinary field of Microsystems and micro and nano technologies more applied research and development, more focus, more critical mass and a faster transfer of RTD results and innovation into the market and in products. The new instruments, the structure and the cooperation possibilities offered in the 6th framework are providing opportunities to address these issues in this emerging field within a global context linking RTD and take-up with essential supporting activities including training and stimulation of entrepreneurship.

Overview Session 2

Session chair: Jean-Pierre Monchalin, NRC, Canada


Thomas George, NASA JPL, USA
MEMS for Space Applications: A Vision and Strategies for Focused Worldwide Investment

This talk attempts to address the challenge facing developers of MNT for Space Application, namely, bringing the TRL gap between new concepts and mature space technologies. A brief overview of JPL's MNT development activities is presented, followed by suggestions for a coordinated MNT development strategy leading to rapid, low-cost, space testing of MNT as an enabler for new technology insertion in space missions.

Lerwen Liu, nABACUS, Japan
Overview on the Asia Pacific Nanotechnology Initiatives and Developments

Nanotechnology is a global technology and the Asia Pacific (AP) is advancing to the most ambitious and dynamic region in the world. Dr Lerwen Liu will provide the latest update on the Nanotechnology government programs and industry policy in the Asia Pacific region including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. The corporate and venture capital investment interests in this region will also be outlined. Highlights in the Nanotechnology developments in the region including Bionanotechnology, Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials will be presented.

The total public spending in the Asia Pacific region exceeds US$1b for 2002 and more will be spent for the coming years. This indicates the commitment from the governments in AP region to take a significant role in theglobal Nanotechnology development, and the appreciation of the importance of Nanotechnology R & D and its impact in industries and businesses in the region. Unlike the European Union, the AP region has no government or an organization to coordinate the regional Nanotechnology policy, education, network, industry and business development. There is an increasing awareness of the necessity of building strong alliance across in the AP region in Nanotechnology R & D and commercialization. Dr Liu will also present the mission of the Asia Pacific Nanotechnology Forum (APNF).

Last update - May 28, 2003